July in the Garden

PUBLISHED: 13:08 13 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:31 20 February 2013

July in the Garden

July in the Garden

Kent Life's tips and tricks for the garden including the plant of the month; Agapanthus, African blue lily.

Ornamental tasks

  • consider choosing some weather-proof flowers thatcope well with sun or rain, such as achillea, alchemilla mollis and honeysuckle

  • water wisely in the early mornings with collected rain water and keep on top of weeding

  • top up mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds

  • deadhead flowers to encourage second flush

  • dont cut the lawn too short in hot spells or it may scorch

Something extra

Short on space? Maybe it's time to think vertically. Brighten up a wall, shed or fence with pots of colour. Plants are placed at eye-level for greater impact. Experiment with plants or containers to complement the setting. Flowers, herbs and even vegetables can be grown in wall planters.

You can use tiny, individual pots or larger containers.

To taste

  • If going on holiday, check your fruit and veg for pestsand weeds, remove any produce nearly ripe to prevent them rotting while away

  • mid-month sow autumn and winter crops, including endives, salads, oriental veg, parsley, cabbage and broccoli

  • harvest beetroot and other crops such as courgettes when young and tender

  • water regularly to aid healthy development

  • keep strawberry beds tidy and weed free toprevent disease

Plant of the Month

Agapanthus, African blue lily,

  • vigorous, clump-forming perennial

  • large, rounded clusters of tubular flowers

  • white or blue/violet forms

  • traditionally grown in warm, coastal gardens, now range of hardy varieties

  • strappy leaves


  • fertile, moist but well-drained soil

  • full sun

  • grow tender varieties in pots

  • water well in growing season

  • divide large clumps in spring

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